Cincinnati has an amazing arts community. For a city of our size, we can experience the opera, symphony, ballet, theater, museums, choral music, modern dance and a variety of other art forms. We are also very fortunate that African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.
Cincy Arts Guide provides detailed listings on performances, exhibitions, classes, fundraisers and other arts events from arts organizations across the region.
Here is a list of upcoming events that local African-Americans will not want to miss. Be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options!
The Duncanson Murals
Taft Art Museum
The first African-American artist to achieve an international reputation, Robert Duncanson moved to Cincinnati after 1840 to embark on an artistic career. Nicholas Longworth (1782–1863), who owned Belmont, now the Taft Museum of Art, from 1829 to 1863, commissioned a suite of eight large landscape paintings from Duncanson to decorate to foyer of his home. The paintings are surrounded by trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) frames and accompanied by overdoor decorations of floral bouquets. Painted in the Hudson River School style characterized by Romantic views of virgin landscape, the imagined landscapes in the murals evoke the Ohio River Valley.
CYBP: Dinner en Noir
Switch Lighting and Design
This evening will be an immersive experience, encouraging guests to dance, taste, network, and reflect on how CYBP, as a collective young Black Cincinnati, has been able to move the needle together. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online. The theme of the evening is “All Black Everything” with cocktail attire being the suggested style of dress. This event will feature a full dinner, provided by Chef Bambina and KWality Eats, as well as dessert by Sweet Petit Desserts (included with ticket). Also, DJ HD will provide the sonic experience, and yes, there will be a dance floor! LitBooth will also be in the building, creating unique visual vibes. Also, there will be a full cash bar available.
Pictures with Black Santa
Cincinnati Art Museum
Cincinnati Black Santa Claus is coming to town! Black Santa will make a stop at the Cincinnati Art Museum from 1–4 p.m. He will be greeting children of all ages, reviewing their Christmas lists and taking pictures by the tree. Visits with Santa are free and open to the public. Parents are welcome to take pictures. Parents will also have the option to view and download hi-resolution images on The Voice of Black Cincinnati Facebook page.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Cincinnati concert will go down as one of your faves. This legendary rap group will perform hits like “1st of tha Month” and “Crossroads”. These Cleveland natives will take you back in time. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased online, or at the venue. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. This facility only has standing room so wear your comfortable shoes!
Laugh to the Bone Comedy Show
Bringing laughter and smiles to the city after the New Year is the Laugh to the Bone Cincinnati Comedy Show with Michael Blackson, D.C. Young Fly, AJ Johnson and Big Stan. The comedy show will be hosted by Cincinnati’s own Big Booman. Tickets are $45 – $125 and can be purchased online, by calling 513-621-2787 or at the following locations: Aronoff Box Office, Black Owned Outerwear, Hard Ta Knock Shoppe, Exclusive Wear and Vengence.
Miguel’s fourth studio full-length, War & Leisure, is his most ambitious and stunning project yet. It’s a perfect blend of forward-thinking production and melodic delights making it live performance worthy. Ticket prices range from $32.50 – $52.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 800-745-3000 or visiting the Taft Theatre Box Office. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Festival of Laughs
The Festival of Laughs Cincinnati show has returned with heavy hitters that are going to make you double over in your seats. The comedic styles of Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Earthquake and George Wallace are guaranteed to make you cry with laughter. Add the date to your calendar now. Tickets prices range from $55.50 – $78.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 513-621-2787, or visiting the Aronoff Box Office. Right now, purchase your tickets early by using code FOL2018. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Cincinnati 90’s Block Party
U.S. Bank Arena
Get ready the Cincinnati 90’s Block Party you’ve been wanting! Pull our your big hoop earrings, chains and rings because Monica, Jagged Edge, Ginuwine, Dru Hill and Guy featuring Teddy Riley will be singing your favorite old school R&B jams taking you down memory lane. Tickets prices range from $39.50 – $89.50 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office. The show starts at 7 p.m.
Memorial Hall OTR
When was the last time you witnessed, strings, horns and piano at a Hip-Hop show? Envision if you will, the perfect blend of; Mozart, Motown and Mos Def . Well that is but a fraction of what you will see when you catch Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic Orchestra in action. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.
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Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati